Is Anyone Really Happy?

As I promised in my ezine to my mailing list, I’m sharing some personal impressions and take-aways from the PINK luncheon honoring Edie Fraser and Jack and Suzy Welch.

One of the most profound “keepers” comes from the last chapter of Suzy’s 10-10-10 book in which she shares a story about attending a gala New Year’s event.

What was amazing was that instead of reveling in the champagne and exquisitely decorated surroundings, their table conversation revolved around the question, “Do you know a dozen people who are really happy?”

Everyone put their heads together and threw out names for consideration, but most were quickly dismissed with “bitter,” “hates his wife,” “living the picture,” “too intense” or something that took them out of the running.

Jack and Suzy finally pronounced THEY were happy and went off to dance.

What about you? Can you come up with a dozen certifiably contented people? They don’t have to be successful by society’s standards; they just need to be, as Suzy says, at peace with themselves.

Are you? Why or why not?

If you want to have a really interesting conversation, throw this question out for discussion next time you get together with friends. Ask your group to come up with 12 people who are genuinely happy – people who are living life on their terms and at peace with themselves and others.

Please report back! I’m eager to hear your results and insights.

I’ll share mine following the May 19th event at the Sewall-Belmont House where I’ll be asking a LOT of people this question, “Are you really happy? Do you know anyone who is? Discuss!”

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